July + Christmas = Why???????

All you have to do is scroll back to my December posts to know that I love Christmas. I upped my weekly posts just to make sure I got to say everything I wanted to about the holly jolly season. No one can ever accuse me of being a grinch. But Christmas in July??? Forget about it, I lose my Cindy Lou Who vibe the moment July 1st. rolls around.

I am a BIG believer in celebrating all the things, in fact, today is National Lollipop Day, so I am going to have go get me at least a tootsie roll pop. But I am also a big believer in the flow of the seasons, and everything has its place. Sounds funny from a go with the flow kinda of girl like me, but it’s true. I refuse to even think about Christmas until after my pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I am all about traditions.

Why, then, am I forced into thinking about Christmas now? Look, I know some people shop throughout the year for presents. Maybe they see the perfect gift, so they grab it before it’s gone. Or maybe that’s the only way they can budget for a great holiday for their kids. Those things I understand. But other than that, this thing has gotten out of hand.

You got the shopping networks doing shows with all the decorations and fanfare, some people actually have parties with Christmas music and all the trimmings and of course, you got the Hallmark Channel premiering new Christmas movies…what is this madness?!? When did this even become a thing? Why did this even become a thing?

Well, we have a summer camp to thank for it all. A girl’s camp from 1933 in North Carolina. Apparently, the co-founder was on the creative side and dreamed up a 2-day event to break up the summer for the campers. It grew through the years to include present exchanges and singing carols. The camp is still open, I don’t know if they still celebrate this event, but any camp that has been open since 1916 has to be awesome. I wonder how I would feel about Christmas in July if it had been my camp? Would I embrace this midsummer madness because of fond memories of my youth? Knowing me, probably not, LOL.

I am sure I would remember the crazy camp times and how it was a fun part of the summer every year, but once I was out of camp…no more Christmas in July for me. Tis the season for barbeques and swimming pools and lemonade, not hot chocolate and candy canes. I actually heard someone last December in the store say they were buying extra candy canes for July; I think I felt my skin craw just a little bit.

I will give one concession to this holiday and that is for the people in places like New Zealand and Australia. Their coldest months are in June, July and August. They actually have a Yuletide celebration this time of year. Having grown up around cold, snowy Christmases and not having one in about 10 years, I can appreciate the idea of being able to enjoy the idea of Christmas as it should be, in my opinion, in the cold.

If you love the idea of Christmas in July and you celebrate it, go ahead and have a good time. But please, please, do not ask me to participate in any of it. I will catch up with you on Thanksgiving night. After I am stuffed to the brim, and I have watched my traditional “Miracle on 34th. Street”, you will find me listening to the carols and making my Christmas card list. Until then, have a happy Summer and Fall.

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

5 thoughts on “July + Christmas = Why???????

  1. Candy canes in July?! Candy canes ANY time of year makes my skin crawl. I can get behind Xmas in July, to a point. I always say I’m gonna see and get something awesome then but never do. A far as the movies go, your dorky BIL has found them, but won’t watch them because “too many commercials”. Like I said, I can deal to a point. What KILLS me is when the stores have Xmas stuff out IN SEPTEMBER!!! Santa’s still on vaca…
    Oh! And if you think Christmas should be celebrated in the cold…COME THE HELL HOME!!$ 😁

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